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December 28 , 2008 - January 3, 2009

Center for Association Leadership

The Center for Association Leadership, founded by the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives (GWSAE), is an organization of people, resources and ideas focused on the future of associations. The site offers an extensive array of programs, knowledge resources and community networks including a Knowledge Resource section where you'll find association case studies, models and samples, articles and whitepapers, book reviews, the Ten Cool Ideas collection and expert recommendations covering all aspects of association management. Go to: www.centeronline.org
 

December 21 - 27, 2008

Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership

The mission of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership (MCNL) is to enhance the performance and effectiveness in the nonprofit sector through high quality community-oriented education, applied research, problem solving and service. MCNL applies the resources and talents of the University and the sector to the problems and issues facing the nonprofit sector so its members are better prepared to serve their communities. MCNL creates opportunities for the leaders of this vital community to come together as colleagues to learn, network and support each other, and to encourage personal, professional and organizational renewal and effectiveness. The Midwest Center is a service and outreach unit of the Department of Public Affairs in the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Go to: bsbpa.umkc.edu
 

December 14 - 20, 2008

Severson Center Trend Website

The Severson Center, a division of the Alliance for Children and Families, has opened their trend website to the general public, allowing more immediate access to a library of information in a readily accessible, user-friendly format. No login is needed for the website, but some reports are password protected for access by members of the Alliance. Trends and their impacts are organized under the following categories: Business/Economy, Education, Nonprofits, Technology/Science, Demographics/Population, Health, Social Service Issues, and Work. No question about it: this is the only resource of its kind and an invaluable resource for nonprofit strategic planning efforts.  Go to: www.alliancetrends.org
 

December 7 - 13, 2008

National Human Services Assembly

The National Human Services Assembly is an association of the nation’s leading national non-profits in the fields of health, human and community development, and human services.  Many of the member organizations are national offices of large networks of local health & human service organizations. Others are national research or resource organizations or national programs. Goals include providing collective leadership to shape national human development/health & human service strategies, serving as a catalyst for sharing of resources for the purposes of individual/professional development and organizational efficiency and effectiveness, and, increasing awareness of the importance of and trust in the nonprofit health & human service sector. Major programs and activities include development and support of issue coalitions and peer networking groups; offering an annual Executive Leadership Institute for CEOs and board chairs on current national nonprofit leadership challenges with cutting edge presenters as well as The Leaders Summit which is geared towards nonprofit leaders and managers of Assembly member organizations. Go to: www.nassembly.org
 

November 30 - December 6, 2008

Harvard Family Research Project

The Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP), a program of the Harvard Gradate School of Education, strengthens family, school, and community partnerships, early childhood care and education, promotes evaluation and accountability, and offers professional development to those who work directly with children, youth, and families. The audiences for HFRP's work include policymakers, practitioners, researchers, evaluators, philanthropists, teachers, school administrators, and concerned individuals. Areas of Expertise include: early care and education, out-of-school time, and family and community involvement in education. HFRP also believe that evaluation is essential to improve and maintain the quality of all programs. Therefore, a large part of its research includes piloting new approaches to evaluation and sharing field-wide innovative trends, strategies, and techniques through our quarterly journal, The Evaluation Exchange. The Evaluation Exchange will be of particular interest to nonprofits in general. Go to: www.hfrp.org
 

November 23 - 29, 2008

Office Depot Foundation

The Office Depot Foundation was created to support non-profit organizations around the world and to make a positive impact on many lives and communities. The Office Depot Foundation will focus on the following strategic priorities for the next five years.  Known collectively as the “5 X 5 Program,” these initiatives exemplify the Foundation’s mission – Listen Learn Care:

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Helping children get ready for life and work

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Helping non-profit (civil society) organizations become more professional and productive

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Promoting global development

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Enhancing disaster relief and recovery

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Strengthening local communities

The website includes information and resources on the 5x5 program, philanthropic partnerships, community investments, and volunteerism as well as a number of publications and reports. Go to: www.officedepotfoundation.org
 

November 16 - 22, 2008

Bridgespan Group

The Bridgespan Group has launched a newly redesigned website. Founded in 2000, the Bridgespan Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps nonprofit and philanthropic leaders in the hard work of developing strategies and building organizations that inspire and accelerate social change. Bridgespan works to build a better world by strengthening the ability of nonprofit organizations to achieve breakthrough results in addressing society’s most important challenges and opportunities. Bridgespan pursues its mission through three sets of activities:

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Strategy consulting, executive search, and philanthropy advising, to help nonprofit organizations and philanthropists develop and implement strategies with the potential to achieve significant results.

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Sharing insights, strategies and tools developed by us and by others through research and client engagements, and

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Developing or supporting strategic initiatives that aim to improve performance across the nonprofit sector. Notable among these is the Bridgestar initiative, which seeks to help nonprofits attract, connect, and develop strong leadership teams

Go to: www.bridgespan.org
 

November 9 - 15, 2008

Tides Shared Spaces

Tides Shared Spaces was formed in response to the ongoing difficulties that social change organizations and nonprofits have in finding quality, affordable work and program space. Workspace is often the second largest budget item after salaries. Lack of affordable space has forced dislocation on many nonprofits, both in times of economic boom – due to rising commercial rents - and in times of government and funding cutbacks. MTNC’s, or Multi Tenant Nonprofit Centers, are an effective social investment with the ability to provide tenant organizations with shared services and meeting spaces, as well as opportunities for collaboration and cost-sharing to support their missions. These centers also provide hubs for community organizing and economic development. Stable costs and increased visibility lead to job creation and enhanced program services. To date, hundreds of these centers have been created across the country-regionally and internationally. Go to: www.tidessharedspaces.org
 

November 2 - 8, 2008

Nonprofit Technology Network

The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) aspires to a world where all nonprofit organizations skillfully and confidently use technology to meet community needs and fulfill their missions. NTEN is a membership organization of nonprofit technology professionals who share the common goal of helping nonprofits use all aspects of technology more effectively. NTEN facilitates the exchange of knowledge and information, provides professional development opportunities, educates the membership on issues of technology use in nonprofits, and spearheads groundbreaking research, advocacy, and education on technology issues affecting the nonprofit sector as a whole. Go to: nten.org
 

October 26 - November 1, 2008

Mentoring Canada

Mentoring Canada, a nonprofit informational site that provides resources and training to mentoring organizations and related charities. The site contains on-line interactive training, along with a library of downloadable materials. Mentoring Canada is a program of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, made possible only through the support of the Muttart Foundation. Its primary focus is to promote and support mentoring initiatives in communities across Canada. All community organizations, corporations and others interested in mentoring are invited to use this website of resources and training materials to further their efforts in support of our young people through the provision of quality mentoring programs. Go to:  www.mentoringcanada.ca
 

October 19 - 25, 2008

Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development

The purpose of the Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development is to connect thinkers and leaders of all ages to develop fresh ideas, forge new partnerships, and design strategies that engage young people and their communities. The Center helps innovative programs become strong, sustainable ventures by offering technical assistance and practical guidance to organizations that want to deepen, expand, and launch new initiatives. Go to: www.theinnovationcenter.org
 

October 12 - 18, 2008

Leadership Learning Community

The Leadership Learning Community (LLC) is a national organization of people who run, fund, study, and provide services to leadership development programs in the belief that leadership can change our communities, organizations, and the world. The aim of the LLC is to strengthen collective and individual capacity to transform society by connecting the learning, practice and resources of those committed to leadership development. To this end the Leadership Learning Community continuously documents learning and knowledge development to share with the field. LLC also encourages others in the community to do the same and contribute documents to the knowledge and resources available on the website You will find documents in Adobe PDF format that include program materials, evaluations, meeting notes, scans, reports, guidelines, and learning reflections as well as links to videos, images and other websites relevant to the field. You can browse all documents or search by key word, tag, or author below. Go to: www.leadershiplearning.org
 

October 5 - 11, 2008

Leading Transitions

Leading Transitions, a consulting firm founded and led by Mindy Lubar Price, strengthens non-profit organizations through assessment, education and empowerment of leadership during periods of transition and change. Leading Transitions uses time-tested, healthy principles to work with executive directors, boards of directors and senior staff to increase their operating capacities. Committed to the future vitality of non profit organizations, Leading Transitions recognizes the inherent challenges in leadership succession, fund development and executive support. The practice has been refined to provide the flexibility necessary to adapt to the intricacies and dynamics of any non-profit organization. At the site, the newest and most exciting resources you will find are the Succession Planning Toolkits presented at the Executive Transition Initiative of the 2008 Greater Milwaukee Foundation Succession Planning Conference. There is a summary booklet that covers all types of nonprofit succession planning and three toolkits on each specific type:

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Departure Defined Succession Planning -- Provides a roadmap through an upcoming and anticipated executive transition in an organization.

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Emergency Succession Planning -- Provides the information and tools needed to create an emergency succession plan that is unique to a specific organization's needs.

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Strategic Leadership Succession Planning -- Provides a road through the ongoing and evolving succession planning and leadership development needs in an organization.

To visit the website and access the toolkits, go to: www.leadingtransitions.com
 

September 28 - October 4, 2008

Community Tool Box

The Community Tool Box bills itself as the world's largest resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities. It offers more than 7,000 pages of practical guidance in creating change and improvement, and is growing as a global resource for this work. The Table of Contents on the site lists 46 Chapters through which you can reach nearly 300 different sections providing practical, step-by-step guidance in community-building skills. Go to: www.civicpartnerships.org
 

September 21 - 27, 2008

Hispanics in Philanthropy

Founded in 1983 to promote stronger partnerships between organized philanthropy and Latino communities, Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) has developed into a transnational network of grantmakers committed to strengthening Latino communities across the Americas.  As a membership organization, HIP seeks to share with funders the needs of the Latino community.  To this end, the organization sponsor regional, national and international conferences and briefings, research and publications, professional development programs, as well as providing referrals for foundations seeking Latino staff and trustees. In addition, HIP seeks to increase resources for the Latino civil sector by leading a funding collaborative, which focuses foundation, corporate, government and individual dollars on supporting Latino nonprofits.  Concentrating specifically on building the capacity of Latino nonprofits, the Funders' Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities further serves HIP’s mission of strengthening Latino leadership, while at the same time increasing awareness about Latino issues and stimulating dialogue about how to better serve the Latino community and Latin America. Check out the “Resources” link. Go to: www.hiponline.org
 

September 14 - 20, 2008

Keystone

Keystone's mission is to improve the effectiveness of organizations working in the human development field by developing new ways of planning, measuring and communicating social change Keystone seeks to influence development practice through a model of civil society accountability that views accountability as a potential driver of social activity and performance rather than a constraint upon organizations. A highlight of the website is a downloadable tool for developing a theory of change. Go to: www.keystoneaccountability.org

September 7 - 13, 2008

The Wallace Foundation

The Wallace Foundation, nationally recognized today for its involvement in educational and cultural programs, traces its origins back a half century to the philanthropic impulses of DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace, founders of The Reader’s Digest Association. A highlight of the website is the The Wallace Knowledge Center which offers credible, useful knowledge that can help policymakers, practitioners, researchers and concerned citizens make progress in the fields in which they work. It is at the core of Wallace’s effort to share ideas and practices that can help organizations expand opportunities for people. Click on any topic to view or download a variety of documents for free, such as national surveys, summaries of field knowledge, practical guides, and profiles of Wallace partners. Go to: www.wallacefoundation.org
 

August  31 - September 6, 2008

Center for Civic Partnerships

The Center for Civic Partnerships, based in Sacramento, CA, is a support organization that strengthens individuals, organizations, and communities by facilitating learning, leadership development, and networking.  The Center has extensive experience providing technical support to over 200 cities, communities, and organizations in California and across the nation.  In addition, the Center sponsors educational programs and develops resource materials for funders, local policy-makers and government administrators, nonprofit organizations and community members. The Center’s main areas of focus are community-building and organizational development with a cross-cutting emphasis on sustainability.  Go to: www.civicpartnerships.org
 

August  24 - 30, 2008

Volunteering in America

Hosted by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Volunteering in America is a new website that will enable you to access volunteering trends, statistics, tools, resources, and information for the nation, U.S. regions, states, and major cities. You will also be able to see how states and cities rank on different factors related to volunteering. The data for this Web site were collected through a supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS) September Volunteer Supplement. The CPS is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households (approximately 100,000 adults), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Go to: www.volunteeringinamerica.gov
 

August 17 - 23, 2008

FedStats

FedStats is a gateway to statistics for 100 Federal agencies, providing links to the full range of official statistical information available to the public from the Federal Government. You can track economic and population trends, education, health care costs, aviation safety, foreign trade, energy use, farm production, and more. You can access official statistics collected and published by more than 100 Federal agencies without having to know in advance which agency produces them. Go to: www.fedstats.gov
 

August 10 - 16, 2008

Ethics Resource Center

The Ethics Resource Center is devoted to independent research and the advancement of high ethical standards and practices in public and private institutions.  For 85 years, the ERC has been a resource for institutions committed to strong ethics cultures. Additionally, ERC undertake research and projects to develop new resources, in order to advance knowledge and practice in the field. The online resource library includes an Ethics Toolkit, which includes answers to frequently asked ethics questions, practical guides to organizational ethics, an Ethics Effectiveness Quick Test, an archive of questions answered in our newsletter by ERC staff subject matter specialists, and a timeline of business ethics over the course of five decades. Go to: www.ethics.org
 

August 3 - 9, 2008

Microsoft NGO Connection

Microsoft has launched NGO Connection, a new online resource for thousands of nonprofit groups around the world. Driven by feedback from nonprofit partners and years of experience working with nonprofits, the online resource is designed to assist nonprofit organizations to more efficiently use technology to achieve their goals as well as to encourage networking and coordination of nonprofit resources across the world. NGO Connection makes it easy for nonprofits to share best practices and case studies, giving them the option of participating in an online forum where they can engage in dialogues about using technology effectively and share solutions to some of their common challenges. Go to: www.microsoft.com
 

July 27 - August 2, 2008

Root Cause

Root Cause is a nonprofit organization that accelerates enduring solutions to social and economic problems by supporting social innovators and educating social impact investors. Root Cause accomplishes this through business planning and implementation, leadership development, research, and the creation of professional and funding networks that unite the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Founded in 2004 by Andrew Wolk, Root Cause has raised more than $22 million in investment and produced seven publications in its pursuit of advancing social innovation. Clients address issues like youth development, seniors and aging, and economic development. Over the last several years, Root Cause has developed a network of over 4,500 nonprofit, business, foundation, academic, and government leaders and engaged almost 250 professionally skilled volunteers. Go to: www.rootcause.org
 

July 20 - 26, 2008

Commonfund

Commonfund's mission is to enhance the financial resources of nonprofit institutions and to help them improve investment management practices. Commonfund, founded with assistance from the Ford Foundation, offers a wide range of investment funds and high quality programs and services to nonprofit organizations, including educational institutions, foundations, health care organizations, and other mission-based and public benefit nonprofits and their pension plans. Visit the website listed above for more information on Commonfund's programs and services. Go to: www.commonfund.org
 

July 13 - 19, 2008

VolunteerMatch

VolunteerMatch is a leader in the nonprofit world dedicated to helping everyone find a great place to volunteer. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement. This popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred internet recruiting tool for more than 50,000 nonprofit organizations. Go to: www.volunteermatch.org. For some excellent volunteer recruitment resources targeting 55+ volunteers, go to: www.volunteermatch.org
 

July 6 - 12, 2008

Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers is a national philanthropic leader and a network of 32 regional associations of grantmakers. It supports philanthropy by strengthening the ability of all regional associations to fulfill their missions; these associations promote the growth and effectiveness of philanthropy in order to improve life in their communities. The Forum organizes its activities and applies its resources against six priorities:

bullet Strengthen effective and efficient geographic associations and provide support and services to them.
bullet Leverage the assets of the network of associations.
bullet Promote greater participation in geographic associations.
bullet Share knowledge and informed practice.
bullet Clearly communicate philanthropy’s impact and interests; and
bullet Develop partnerships based on beneficial exchange.

Go to: www.givingforum.org
 

June 29 - July 5, 2008

Women's Funding Network

The Women's Funding Network is a network of funds specifically supportive of nonprofit groups and initiatives working to improve the lives of women and girls. Some 125 such funds across the US and in 17 other countries are members or affiliates of the network; the site includes a search engine to find one near you. Go to: www.wfnet.org
 

June 22 - 28, 2008

Civic Practices Network

Civic Practices Network (CPN) is a collaborative and nonpartisan project bringing together a diverse array of organizations and perspectives within the civic renewal movement. CPN shares a commitment to bring practical methods for public problem solving into every community and institutional setting in America. The site includes manual and resource guides, sample course syllabi and much more. Go to: www.cpn.org
 

June 15 - 21, 2008

CADCA's National Coalition Institute

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s National Coalition Institute, created by an Act of Congress, helps build more effective community anti-drug coalitions through training, technical assistance and educational materials. The Institute serves as both a vehicle for coalition-specific substance abuse prevention policy development and a center for coalition training, technical assistance, evaluation, research and capacity building. While the focus is anti-drug coalition building, this comprehensive website will be of great value to other nonprofits. Go to: www.coalitioninstitute.org. Also be sure to check out the Strengthening Partnerships Toolkit www.coalitioninstitute.org/StrengtheningPartnerships
 

June 8 - 14, 2008

Center for Community-Based and Nonprofit Organizations at Austin Community College

The Center for Community-Based and Nonprofit Organizations at Austin Community College promotes, leverages and facilitates community collaborations and partnerships that broaden the horizons and possibilities for the Central Texas Nonprofit Sector. These collaborations reflect the Center’s ability to bring business, government and nonprofit sectors together around common goals. The Center has achieved considerable credibility in Central Texas as well as throughout the State. Established in 2000, the Center for Community-Based and Nonprofit Organizations at Austin Community College has served over 9000 individuals from over 3500 nonprofits, small businesses, and law firms, through the over 500 learning opportunities it has provided with the mostly pro bono services of over 200 session leaders. A highlight of this website is the Online Library, a compilation of easily accessible and free resources as well as articles, e-books, checklists, tools, links, etc. collected here for the benefit of those engaged in the Nonprofit Sector. Go to: www.austincc.edu
 

June 1 - 7, 2008

Nonprofit Jobs Cooperative

The Nonprofit Jobs Cooperative is a collaboration of nonprofit Management Service Organizations (MSOs) from across the United States who have combined their efforts to create a nonprofit jobs site by nonprofits, for Nonprofits. The goal of the Cooperative is to use a regional focus and local presence to provide service on a national scale. Nonprofit Jobs Cooperative believes that the regional focus that each partner offers is the best way to find qualified staff dedicated to the nonprofit sector. For the job seeker eager to find opportunities in the nonprofit sector, the Nonprofit Jobs Cooperative provides a one-stop source for nonprofit jobs from coast to coast. Individuals can search by geographic region, job title, category, organization name, or salary to find their ideal position. To learn more about the Nonprofit Jobs Cooperative, go to: www.nonprofitjobscoop.org
 

May 18 - 31, 2008

American Management Association

The American Management Association website features an extensive collection of free learning resources including:

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Thinker Series A selection of the latest insight behind today's leading business issues.

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Free E-Newsletters AMA’s free monthly e-newsletters focus on key issues such as work/life balance, communication and leadership. Others are targeted to HR, administrative professionals, pharma and healthcare employees.

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Research: Access to AMA's surveys and reports on current business topics and trends from job creation to crisis management. New surveys conducted and posted monthly.

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AMA Online Library; In-depth information on a variety of management and business topics in the form of tips, articles, e-books, book reviews and more.

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Recent Events: Valuable summaries and archives of many of AMA’s recent Webcast, conferences, forums, and briefings.

You will need to sign up for an access pass which will give you free and unlimited access to recorded Webcasts, Research Reports and the Online Library. Go to: www.amanet.org
 

May 11 - 17, 2008

Nonprofit Congress

The Nonprofit Congress, an initiative of the National Council of Nonprofit Associations and the state association network, empowers individuals and nonprofits to act collectively for positive change. Building on the fundamental belief that nonprofits are vital to society, the Nonprofit Congress is guided by shared values and priorities established by nonprofits in communities across the country. To find out more, go to: www.nonprofitcongress.org
 

May 4 - 10, 2008

Leader to Leader Institute

Established in 1990 as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, the Leader to Leader Institute furthers its mission -- to strengthen the leadership of the social sector -- by providing social sector leaders with essential leadership wisdom, inspiration and resources to lead for innovation and to build vibrant social sector organizations. It is this essential social sector, in collaboration with its partners in the private and public sectors, that changes lives and builds a society of healthy children, strong families, decent housing, good schools, work that dignifies, all embraced by the diverse, inclusive, cohesive community that cares about all of its people. The Leader to Leader Institute helps social sector organizations achieve excellence in performance and community building by providing guidance in:

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Managing for the mission

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Making innovation a part of all strategy

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Developing productive partnerships, collaborations and alliances

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Facilitating dispersed leadership

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Promoting and building richly diverse, inclusive organizations and communities

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Using self-assessment resources for establishing mission, goals, and objectives

Be sure the check out The Knowledge Center. Go to: www.leadertoleader.org
 

April 27 - May 3, 2008

Nonprofit Finance Fund

Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) is a national leader in financing nonprofits, strengthening their financial health and improving their capacity to serve their communities. With NFF's help, nonprofits build and renovate facilities, fund growth needs, and expand and sustain operations over time. NFF serves both nonprofits and their funders, offering an integrated package of financial and advisory services, including facilities and working capital loans and lines of credit; asset-building programs; intensive workshops; Nonprofit Business Analyses, and other consultations to help nonprofit management understand the impact on their finances of management and program decisions. A newly launched entity, NFF Capital Partners, helps nonprofits attract equity-like growth capital. NFF was established in 1980 and is now one of the nation's leading community development financial institutions (CDFIs). Go to: www.nonprofitfinancefund.org
 

April 20 - 26, 2008

African American Nonprofit Network

The African American Nonprofit Network was founded in 2006 to strengthen diversity among the leadership of nonprofit organizations within the National Capital Region.  By broadening the base of African American management and leadership, AANN helps nonprofits better understand and address the needs of the children, youth and families they serve. AANN achieves these results by helping nonprofit organizations in the National Capital Region identify: 

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Experienced African American managers within the nonprofit sector to serve as president, executive director, CEO, COO, CFO, chief human services officer, and in other senior management capacities;

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Talented African Americas in other arenas, such as the for-profit sector and military service, that are interested in working in the nonprofit sector, and helping them to transition their careers; and

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African Americans with strong leadership skills that are interested in serving as board members, advisors, and mentors for board members.

Go to: www.aannexchange.org
 

April 13 - 19, 2008

Community Leadership Association

The mission of the Community Leadership Association is to strengthen and transform communities by enhancing the capacity of inclusive, community leadership development efforts. Through training seminars, annual leadership conferences, collaborations, partnerships, and educational publications, the Community Leadership Association seeks to inspire and encourage community leadership programs across the country and to help them address issues of vital importance to their respective communities. The website includes a discussion forum, a directory, access to publications, information concerning professional development, list of awards given, conferences, and memberships. Go to: www.communityleadership.org
 

April 6 - 12, 2008

The Finance Project

The Finance Project is a specialized non-profit research, consulting, technical assistance and training firm for public and private sector leaders nationwide.  The group aims to help leaders make smart investment decisions, develop sound financing strategies, and build solid partnerships that benefit children, families and communities. The Finance Project was founded in 1994 with support from a consortium of national foundations interested in ensuring the viability and sustainability of promising initiatives that contribute to better futures for children, families, and communities. The site contains links to numerous resources, many available at no charge. Go to: www.financeproject.org
 

March 30 - April 5, 2008

Nonprofit Centers Network

The Nonprofit Centers Network is a community of Multi-tenant nonprofit Centers and their philanthropic, government, academic and real estate partners. Through conferences, peer networking, mentoring and the internet, The Network provides education and resources for the creation and operation of quality nonprofit office and program space. Face-to-face educational events to increase the operational effectiveness of existing MTNCs. To date, the Network has achieved three national and one regional Collaborating for Success conferences attracting participants from over 29 states and 5 countries. Online educational resources and peer guidance to enable emerging Centers and facilities projects in development to learn the field. An Online Resource Center at www.nonprofitcenters.org enables users to find documents ranging from a model lease to an actual pro-forma to a fact sheet on program related investments. Go to: www.nonprofitcenters.org
 

March 23 - 29, 2008

Asset-Based Community Development Institute

The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD), established in 1995 by the Community Development Program at Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research, is built upon three decades of community development research by John Kretzmann and John L. McKnight. The ABCD Institute spreads its findings on capacity-building community development in two ways: (1) through extensive and substantial interactions with community builders, and (2) by producing practical resources and tools for community builders to identify, nurture, and mobilize neighborhood assets. Go to: www.sesp.northwestern.edu
 

March 16 - 22, 2008

Association of Donor Relations Professionals

The Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP) is the international association of professionals who advance their non-profit institutions by building and sustaining the donor relationships that lead to fund-raising success. ADRP support the development community by promoting the professional status of donor relations and stewardship offices through educational, professional development and networking opportunities. Conferences and workshops are open to members and non-members alike. Go to: www.adrp.net
 

March 9 - 15, 2008

Groundspring.org

Groundspring.org's mission is to improve the effectiveness of the nonprofit sector by offering software tools and services, training, and consulting that help nonprofit organizations raise funds and communicate with their stakeholders online, and manage their operations more effectively. Groundspring.org serves over 1,500 nonprofit organizations and has processed $17.3 million in online donations, including individual contributions as well as matching funds from partner Working Assets Funding Service through their GiveForChange.com site. Backed by foundations such as Carnegie Corporation, Ford, Kellogg, Surdna, and Tides, Groundspring.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by the Tides Foundation in 1999, and is a member of the Tides family of organizations. Groundspring.org offers a free newsletter providing Get free online fundraising & nonprofit marketing tips twice a month. Go to: www.groundspring.org
 

March 2 - 8, 2008

HR Council for the Voluntary & Non-profit Sector

The HR Council for the Voluntary & Non-profit Sector (HR Council) works with organizations, educators, labor and government to identify and address issues related to paid employment in the voluntary and non-profit sector. The HR Council is funded primarily through the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program. A highlight of the website is the HR Toolkit, a comprehensive online resource designed to help managers, employees and board members better understand, address and manage issues relating to HR in voluntary and non-profit organizations. Whether you're looking for guidance on the hiring process, information about employment legislation or sample HR policies to download, the HR Toolkit's intuitive navigation, plain language and integrated tools and templates make it easy to find what you're looking for. Go to: hrcouncil.ca. To access the HR toolkit directly, go to: hrcouncil.ca/hr-toolkit.
 

February 24 - March 1, 2008

The Philanthropy Journal

The Philanthropy Journal, the name notwithstanding, is a website that delivers news, information, resources and opinion about charitable giving, fundraising, management, leadership, marketing and communications, focusing in particular on organizational effectiveness, donor engagement and collaboration. The vision of the Philanthropy Journal is to help people understand, support and work in the nonprofit and philanthropic world, and help them recognize and solve social problems. The Philanthropy Journal is a publication of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation in Raleigh, N.C., that supports the Foundation's mission and grantees. The site publishes two newsletters: the Weekly Bulletin eNewsletter is published every Monday and People & Nonprofits in the News eNewsletter is published every other Wednesday. To view the website and subscribe to the eNewsletters, go to: www.philanthropyjournal.org
 

February 17 - 23, 2008

Center for Association Leadership

The Center for Association Leadership, founded by the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives (GWSAE), is an organization of people, resources and ideas focused on the future of associations. The site offers an extensive array of programs, knowledge resources and community networks including a Knowledge Resource section where you'll find association case studies, models and samples, articles and whitepapers, book reviews, the Ten Cool Ideas collection and expert recommendations covering all aspects of association management.  Go to: www.asaecenter.org
 

February 10 - 16, 2008

Verizon Foundation Resource Center

The Verizon Foundation Resource Center, first launched in May 2005, is a suite of free, web-based professional development courses and resources that help nonprofits better manage their charitable business. The Center’s mission is to leverage the power of network technology to help local and national nonprofit organizations enhance their management capabilities in order to increase their capacity to create sustainable positive change. The Resource Center was designed to offer nonprofits, which often have no or small training budget but face ever-expanding operations and increasing client demand, a free one-stop, operational and training resource. The tools are organized in the following categories: planning, technology, communications, fundraising, recruitment, and evaluation Go to: foundation.verizon.com.
 

February 3 - 9, 2008

Business Committee for the Arts, Inc

The Business Committee for the Arts, Inc. (BCA), founded in 1967 by David Rockefeller, is a national not-for-profit organization that brings business and the arts together. It provides businesses of all sizes with the services and resources necessary to develop and advance partnerships with the arts that benefit business, the arts and the community. The mission of the Business Committee for the Arts, Inc. (BCA) is to ensure that the arts flourish in America by encouraging, inspiring and stimulating businesses to support the arts in the workplace, in education and in the community. Go to: www.bcainc.org
 

January 27 - February 2, 2008

Association of Voluntary Action Scholars (ARNOVA)

Founded in 1971 as the Association of Voluntary Action Scholars, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) is a neutral, open forum committed to strengthening the research community in the emerging field of nonprofit and philanthropic studies. ARNOVA brings together both theoretical and applied interests, helping scholars gain insight into the day-to-day concerns of third-sector organizations, while providing nonprofit professionals with research they can use to improve the quality of life for citizens and communities. Principal activities include an annual conference, publications, electronic discussions and special interest groups. Go to: www.arnova.org
 

January 20 - 26, 2008

StayExempt.org - Free Tax Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

The Internal Revenue Service offers free resources and information for nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax status at its website StayExempt.org. Nonprofit professionals can receive free online training in topic areas including: steps to retaining nonprofit status, managing unrelated business income, employment, filing error-free returns, and managing disclosures. The site's resource library also offers important forms and publications for download. Go to: www.stayexempt.org
 

January 13 - 19, 2008

Nonprofit Advocacy Project

The Nonprofit Advocacy Project works to strengthen the voice of the nonprofit sector in important public policy debates by giving tax-exempt organizations a better understanding of the laws that govern their participation in the policy process. Utilizing the resources of four attorney-trainers the Nonprofit Advocacy Project serves this need through workshops, research & publications, public policy, lawyers & accountants, technical assistance & resources. Go to: www.afj.org
 

January 6 - 12, 2008

National Center for Charitable Statistics

The National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) is the national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States. The NCCS creates and maintains a comprehensive national nonprofit data system on tax-exempt organizations—their finances, employment, governance, capacity, outcomes, and impacts. The NCCS Data Web is a web-based tool that allows researchers to view, download, and analyze data on nonprofit organizations. There are many other resources available most at no charge. NCCS is a program of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy (CNP) at the Urban Institute. Go to: nccs.urban.org
 

December 30, 2007 - January 5, 2008

MicroEnterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination

FIELD's mission is to identify, develop and disseminate best practices in the microenterprise field, and to educate funders, policy makers and others about microenterprise as an anti-poverty strategy. FIELD is a project of the Economic Opportunities Program (EOP), which is a policy program housed at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. EOP focuses on advancing strategies that connect the poor and underemployed to the mainstream economy. FIELD was created in 1998 to build on the momentum generated by the Self-Employment Learning Project (SELP), an evaluation and public education program that was the leading information resource on microenterprise in the U.S. at that time. Given those origins, many of SELP's senior staff and consultants played critical roles in the creation of FIELD, and remain in key positions today. Go to: fieldus.org
 

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